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Today's Features

  • Although the Past Few Days …
    … have been warmer, on Tuesday morning, Little Bucky Burro was staying in his barn because, like his predecessor, the late, adorable little Smoky, the donkey, Bucky doesn’t like to get his pretty ears wet in the needed rain that was falling gently and soaking in the ground nicely.  Although Bucky obviously doesn’t appreciate the showers, we human inhabitants do.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 23
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants will not meet until in March.
    Saturday, February 25
    • See article below on Bridal Snobs Flea Market that is being held this Saturday at the Summer Breeze Winehouse and Barn Venue.
    Sunday, February 26
    • St. Elmo First United Methodist Sunday Night Live Youth – High school in church parsonage; and grade school and junior high in church fellowship hall.
    Monday, February 27

  • A graduate with Brownstown High School’s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior’s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.

  • A few months ago, a group of citizens met in the basement of the Brownstown United Methodist Church in response to the invitation given by the UMC minister, the Rev. Don Thomas. He had a sincere wish for the community to have a ministry food pantry for anyone who needed food, and his invitation included the pastors and other representatives of the local churches.

  • The Homestead Critters …
    … are all doing well, but are probably, like us human inhabitants, looking forward to spring, which is really not far away.

  • Celebrate birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin, all of St. Peter, visited with Belinda’s mother, Helen Limes, at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday. They took her cards and gifts to help celebrate her upcoming 81st birthday on Feb. 1.
    They also visited with Mary Harpster while there.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 167. Guest speaker was the Rev. Robert Cochrane of St. Louis. The organist was Rita Yagow. Emma Chambers served as acolyte.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, February 5
    • Scout Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 10:35 a.m. worship service. Following the service, an appreciation lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, February 6
    • American Red Cross community blood drive, 2-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.

  • A club for students at Vandalia Community High School sponsored by the Vandalia Rotary Club is appropriately named. In its fourth year, members of the VCHS Interact Club are interacting with and helping others.

  • Brian Hammond is another new face at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. He joins the Rev. Curtis Sweeney, who is stepping in to lead the church family as the Rev. Carl Rhodes is retiring. Carl and Pat, his wife, plan to spend some time with their children and grandchildren.

  • Critters’ Winter Coats Not Removable
    Baby Bucky Burro and his barn friend, Lady, the little senior mini-horse, both look cute in their fuzzy winter coats, but the unseasonable warm weather must be a little uncomfortable for them as the temperature climbs into the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, though, nature will keep their winter coats intact, as we still have February and March to get through.
    Bill is keeping their barn floor cleaned out, putting fresh straw down and shutting their barn doors at night to help keep the cold air out.